Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins – Book Review

Real Artists Don't Starve

Real Artists Don’t Starve: Timeless Strategies For Thriving In The New Creative Age – Book Review

If you are a creative person with creative gifts and creative longings in any way, shape or form, I’m sure you are familiar with the myth of the starving artist.

Well, I have some wonderful news for you. According to Jeff Goins – an entrepreneur, speaker, and the inspiring author of The Art Of Work – the myth of the starving artist is truly a myth!

In his new book, Real Artists Don’t Starve: Timeless Strategies For Thriving In The New Creative Age, Jeff debunks the myth that people who pursue their creative dreams are doomed to live in squalor.

Take, for instance, Michelangelo.

Somewhere along the line, a myth got started that Michelangelo – the famous sculptor – was poor, but historical records show that nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, it turns out that Michelangelo was the richest artist of the Renaissance, and if he were alive today, he would be worth a whopping $47 million dollars!

Jeff believes that it’s time we bury the myth of the starving artist once and for all – that we replace this myth with the reality of the Thriving Artist – and that we, as creative artists, follow the plan outlined in his book to transform our creative dreams into reality!

He makes quite a compelling case:

Making a living off of your creative talents has never been easier, and to show you it’s possible, I will share examples of well-known artists, creatives, and entrepreneurs who did not have to suffer to create their best work. And I will also introduce you to a contemporary group of professionals who are experiencing surprising amounts of success in their creative work. Finally, I will try to convince you that the idea of the Starving Artist is a useless myth that holds us back more than it helps us.

Real Artists Don’t Starve is an inspiring book that every creative person (no matter whether you express your creativity through art, music, writing, acting, or any other means) simply must read! The book opens with 12 Principles That Every Thriving Artist Lives By – Rules of the New Renaissance, as Jeff calls them – a manifesto for creatives to adopt.

He then uses these principles to explore in greater depth the mind-set, market, and money principles creatives must master, using real life stories as case studies, to form the framework for the remainder of the book.

Real Artists Don’t Starve is a worthy follow-up to The Art Of Work.

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Real Artists Don’t Starve Video – Jeff Goins


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11 Responses to “Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins – Book Review”

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  1. Looks like an inspiring book!

  2. Hi there, this looks like a goodie. Please bring this over to Books You Loved: June. Cheers from Carole’s Chatter

  3. I am also reading this book. It is very inspiring, and I’m enjoying all those history-based stories about other creative minds who succeeded. Glad to linkup with you at #lmmlinkup this week!

  4. Esther says:

    I’ve been looking at getting this book! He’s great at writing tips. Thanks for the review!

  5. Thanks for the review! I’ve been curious about this author.

  6. I reviewed this book too on my blog. It’s such an inspiring read!

  7. Marissa says:

    Love this! I am such a huge fan of Jeff Goins – he’s so supportive of creative people.

    And this is going to be the featured post on Encouraging Hearts & Home this week! I’m so excited for you.

  8. Alice says:

    I thought this book title sounded familiar, I hear him talking on one of the podcasts I listen to, I think it was Don’t Keep Your Day Job but I could be wrong because I have 10 plus podcasts that I listen to.

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